Adolfson & Peterson breaks ground on Poudre School District, Westminster school projects

Adolfson & Peterson broke ground on Poudre School District’s new Wellington Middle and High School project.

Underneath the archway of the former Wellington High School, which was demolished in the 1960s, Adolfson & Peterson broke ground on Poudre School District’s new Wellington Middle and High School project.

The new middle and high school, designed by RB+B Architects, will be located west of Interstate 25, at County Roads 9 and 62E in Wellington. This 247,500-square-foot school will open in fall 2022, with a projected design enrollment of 1,500 students.

The project will allow, for the first time in 55 years, local students to attend high school in Wellington rather than commuting to Fort Collins.

“I can only think of a few examples that impact a small town on a level such as a new school,” said Wellington Mayor Troy Hamman. “It is a milestone event that will enrich the lives of thousands of kids and their families and it will spur residential and commercial growth and will prompt the hosting of events that will bring attention to our community. The benefits of a new school cannot be easily measured. Instead, the student body and the town will witness this experience together and collect the memories and accolades and talk about them for years to come.”

AP also broke ground recently on Westminster Schools’ Skyline Vista Elementary project.

The school, designed by DAO Architecture, will be funded partially from the successful mill levy override in November. The new school will be built on the ground adjacent to the current Skyline Vista facility. Students will be moved into the new building in 2021, while the old Skyline Vista will be demolished.

“This is a proud day,” said Superintendent Pam Swanson. “As many of you know, at Westminster Public Schools, we place an emphasis on the most important day a student has; it’s the day after graduation. I’m confident that the students that roam the halls of this new facility, some of them here today, will play a significant role in the future of this neighborhood and community.”

Published in the Jan. 15-Feb. 4, 2020, issue of CREJ.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…